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shot out; it speaketh deceit: [one] speaketh peaceably
to his neighbour with his mouth, but in heart he layeth 9 his wait, or, wait for him. Shall I not visit them for
these things ? ] faith the Lord: shall not my soul be 10 avenged on such a nation as this ? For the mountains
will I take up a weeping and wailing, and for the habitations of the wilderness, or, the pastures of the plain, a lamentation, because they are burned up, fo that none can pass through (them ;) neither can [men] hear the voice of the cattle; both the fowl of the heavens and the beast are fled; they are gone, because there is no pro
vision for them, the Chaldeans ball make the whole country Il defolate. And I will make Jerusalem heaps, (and) a • den of dragons, a species of serpents which are only found
in defolate places; and I will make the cities of Judah 12 desolate, without an inhabitant. Who [is] the wise
man, thạt; may understand this? and [who is he] to whom the mouth of the Lord hath spoken, that he may declare it, for what the land perisheth (and) is • burned up like a wilderness, that none passeth through?
who can understand the law of God, which threatens such
things, or his prophets, who foretel them who can see the 13 cause of this calamity? And the LORD faith, Because
they have forsaken my law which I fet before them,
and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; 14 But have walked after the imagination of their own
heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught 15 them: Therefore thus faith the LORD of hosts, the
God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, [even] this · people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall 16 to drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen,
whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed
them. 17 Thus faith the Lord of hofts, Consider ye, and,
as you yourselves are not sufficiently affected, call for the mourning women, which are used to attend as mourners at
funerals, that they may come; and fend for cunning 18 (women,] that they may come: And let them make
halte, and take up a wailing for us, that their weeping
may affeat us, that our eyes may run down with tears, 19 and our eyelids gush out with waters. For a voice of
wailing is heard, that is, shall be heard, out of Zion, How are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, be
cause we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings 20 have cast [us] out. Yet hear the word of the LORD,
O ye women, who are most easily impressed with grief and fear, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughter's wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation; not artificial, but real lamentation; instead of bringing them up in gaiety and diversions,
teach them mourning songs, for they will have occasion to use 21 them. For death is come up into our windows, [and] is
entered into our palaces, neither palaces nor fortifications can defend us from destruction; it enters every place, to cut off the children from without, [and] the young men
from the streets, in which they can play no more by reason 22 of the fury of the enemy. Speak, Thus faith the LORD,
Even the carcases of men shall fall as dung upon the open field, and as the handful after the harvest man, and none shall gather (them;] they fall lie un
buried, and none ball think it worth their while to gather 23 them up. Thus faith the LORD, Let not the wise
[man] glory in his wisdom, as if he had found out a way to escape the desolation, neither let the mighty [man glory in his might, as if he could refijt it, let not the
rich (man) glory in his riches, as if they would be his 24 ransom in that day : But let him that glorieth glory in
this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the Lord which exercise loving kindness, or tenderness to the penitent, judgment in punishing my enemies, and righteousness, in the earth, in fulfilling my promises and defending my people : for in these [things] I delight, faith the LORD; I delight in exercising these myself, and in
thofe who practise then. 25 Behold, the days come, faith the LORD, that I will
punish all (them which are] circumcised with the uncir
cumcised, because they are as finful and impure as they ; 26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all (that are] in the utmost
corners, corners, that dwell in the wilderness; or, those that poll the corners of their hair, (referring to the Arabians, who cut of their hair before, and left it long behind, to make them look formidable) for all [these] nations (are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel (are uncircumcised in the heart; therefore I will reckon with them all together, and they mall fáre alike. .
1. TT becomes us to be tenderly affected with the
I calamities of our fellow creatures. The prophet here expresses himself in the most pathetic terms, in the view of those desolations which were coming upon his people. Thus should we be affected when we hear of the desolations of war; of multitudes slain in battle; tho' they
should not be our own people, yea, tho’ they are our enemies, for they are men. So many precious lives are loft! and so many immortal fouls are gone into eternity!
2. Prevailing falsehood is a proof of national degeneracy, and a symptom of national ruin. This seems to have been the reigning vice of Israel in Jeremiah's time. He repre. fents them as almost all treacherous and deceitful, studying falsehood, and every method to overreach and undermine one another. It is very fad with a nation when there is falsehood in judicial proceedings, in trade and commerce,
and in common conversation. Too much of this character : may be observed in our nation; the many shameful bank.
ruptcies among us show it. But let us be valiant for the truth. It requires courage to defend an honest cause, when it is much run down; or to speak for a worthy character, -when it is generally aspersed; and more especially when speaking truth would expose us to sufferings and reproach. Nevertheless let truth be ever sacred with us; for God fees and abhors all deceit. When once men violate the truth, they generally proceed from evil to evil, till at length they have their portion in the lake that burneth with fire and brimstone for ever.
3. We learn what should be the subject of our glory and confidence. Not our wisdom, might, or riches; for they
are of uncertain continuance, nor can they defend us in
4. Wicked christians are no better than heathens. It is
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tivity in Jehoiakim's time, when Daniel and others were
land, and might think themselves safe. i
Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be noti. i dismayed at the signs of heaven : for the heathen are, dismayed at them; the Chaldeans are noted astrologers,
they pretend by eclipses, the conjunction of the planets, and other signs in the heavens, to foretel future events, to determine lucky and unlucky days, and the like ; learn not these 3 things of them, nor be dismayed at them ;. For the customs
of the people are vain : for (one) cutteth a tree out of ** the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with 4 the ax. They deck it with silver and with gold; they
faften it with nails and with hammers, that it move :5 not. They (are] upright as the palm tree, but speak
not: they must needs be borne, or carried, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they can. not do evil, neither also [is it in them to do good. The prophet, being struck with a sense of God's infinite
greatness and glory, compared with idols, turns to him, and :6. Fays, in a noble apostrophe, Forasmuch as [there is none
like unto thee, O Lord; thou (art] great, and thy y name [is] great in might. Who would not fear thee,
O King of nations ? for to thee doth it appertain ; or rather, when he shall approach unto thee : '' forasmuch as among all the wise (men) of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, [there is) none like unto thee ; none of their wise men or kings, whom they have deified. But they are altogether brutish and foolish : the stock [is] a doctrine of vanities ; or, the very wood itself, being a rebuker of vanities, (that is, idolaters) and reproaching the
stupidity of those who imagined that some divine power was 9 lodged in it. Silver spread into plates is brought from
Tarshish, and gold from Uphaz, the work of the workmen, or silversmiths, and of the hands of the foun.
der: blue and purple [is] their clothing: they [are] 10 all the work of cunning men.!] But the LORD [is]
the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlast. ing king, the author of life and being : at his wrath the
earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to 11 abide his indignation. Thus shall ye fay unto them,
The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, Feven] they shall perish from the earth, and
from o Dr. BLAYNEY.
p They dressed their images often in costly robes and different suits, as the lady of Loretta, who had one for every day in the · year.